September 11, 2013
Saskatchewan site speeders sidelined
A photo enforcement speeding blitz to catch drivers speeding in construction zones took place in Saskatchewan during two weeks in August.
“Eighty-three tickets were issued between August 13 and 29, and that is 83 tickets too many,” said Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris.
“Photo enforcement is an important part of our strategy to keep Saskatchewan highway workers safe, and with several weeks left in our busy construction season, we ask that drivers follow all speed signs and use extreme caution in work zones.”
He said seven of the 83 tickets involved drivers who were recorded going faster than 90 km/h.
There are more than 50 active highway work zones throughout the province and drivers need to slow to 60 km/h through these zones.
The Saskatchewan government selected ACS Public Sector Solutions in July to operate photo radar in random highway work zones throughout the province.
The company uses remote cameras on tripods or in vehicles.
Operators track vehicles as they pass the work zone in any direction. If a vehicle exceeds the speed limit, the unit records a photo of the vehicle and license plate, as well as the speed at which they are travelling.
The evidence will be reviewed independently by the RCMP, and then tickets will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
The provincial government increased the fine for speeding in a construction zone to $210 in November 2012.
The new fine, which is triple the base fine for drivers caught speeding outside a construction zone, was implemented in response to the death of traffic control person Ashley Dawn Richards on Aug. 24, 2012.
Richards, 18, was working for HJR Asphalt, a Saskatoon-based Paving Contractor, when she was hit by a speeding vehicle on Highway 39 about eight kilometres north of Midale.
She was pregnant and working her first day on the job with a road construction crew at the time of her death.
In April the province put up new highway signs warning people to slow down to 60km/h in construction zones and to remind them they’ll be paying more if they speed.
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